The time where snow blowers are downgraded to hibernation and it’s “start your engines” for lawn mowers has arrived.
The power tandem keeping the property from being cited by local authorities, either for failure to clear the sidewalk of snow or failure to keep grass from blocking the mailbox number:
It should be noted the snow blower was only purchased last Fall after enduring a) a record amount of snowfall in our locale and b) the fact our kind next-door neighbor couple who used to bail us out with their snow blower moved. While we admittedly did not have as rough a winter in these parts this time around, the return on investment was two-fold.
My wife and I did not face one morning where we had to wonder…hmmm…do you think they’re up yet…when do you think they’ll be coming out…maybe they don’t have to go into work today…? We gained control over our own daily destiny. Also, we were able to help out other folks in our development left out in the cold when our snow blowing saviors moved on. This was very rewarding and people were very appreciative of our efforts. Felt good about being the newly anointed snow blowing saviors…and we know our neighbors were wondering the same things about us each morning…we took the responsibility of being counted on seriously.
We both took to the operation of the snow blower quite easily. There was some concern about my using such a powerful device without prior experience…you might have noted a prior post where I displayed a less-than-graceful touch when navigating a power machine.
However, now time to turn our attention to the lawn mower, who will operate for a much longer period of time…April through October at the very least.
I say very least because a couple of winters back I was “caught” getting in the final, critical mow of the season…during a blizzard of sorts.
This was NOT my fault. The weather forecast for the chosen day of the final, critical mow of the season did not include a prolonged snow burst with high winds…and that all began as I was half-way through the cut. Knowing it was expected to get very cold thereafter – at least that was the forecast – I had no choice but to finish in a blinding snow where I could barely make out the path I just made. (a couple of months later one of our neighbors admitted they saw me that day at the height of the blizzard and said to their spouse “come look at this…”)
Potential weather is key in mowing as one prefers to cut grass not drenched. Yesterday, the forecast was for cloudy and the sun was out half the day. Today the forecast is for rain and not a drop yet.
Weather forecasting whether it be TV, print, Internet, radio…is grand theft. You people are stealing money. Give it back. The economy needs consumer spending and you’ve certainly earned enough dough without a sufficient rate of success. Give it back. Pay down the national debt. I’m calling on all weather people to turn in their falsely accumulated wealth and find honest work – work where multiple mistakes gets you canned. Let’s see how they do when they have to be right most of the time, not being able to explain away their office screw-ups with “an unexpected change in the jet stream.”
I would look at their radars but I often hear “some of what you are seeing isn’t hitting the ground.” OK. Perhaps it is as simple as looking out the window…nothing more.
No matter what the weather, what the season…with these two devices I am powered up and ready to go. Next time I’ll mow?…let me check the forecast…